Beautiful, Sustainable Building Design

Dick Clarke

Dick Clarke, is passionate about beautiful design.

“The way things look is very important to me. Ugly things just don’t last, so by definition they are not sustainable.”

Dick is principal of Envirotecture, is an Accredited Building Designer with over 35 years experience, focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings, as well as sustainable design in vehicles and vessels, and has received many Design Awards.

He holds a Master of Sustainable Futures degree (by research at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS), on the topic of the effect of state and local planning instruments on the sustainability of the built environment.

Dick holds Building Designer Accreditation (No. 6029) under the Building Designer Accreditation (NSW) scheme.

He is Director of Sustainability, and Past President of the NSW Chapter, of Building Designers Australia (BDA). He is a Past President and Board Member of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA).

He is also an Al Gore trained volunteer presenter of the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Climate REALITY Project.

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Andy Marlow

Andy is a Director at Envirotecture, holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture and has extensive experience in sustainable design at a variety of scales.

He speaks regularly at conferences and events on sustainability issues; design principles, materials specification, community engagement and the future of our cities including the national conferences of both the Planning Institute of Australia and the Green Building Council of Australia.

A passionate community educator, Andy has been running sustainable renovation workshops for over 7 years for a range of Sydney Councils. He also regularly teaches at both UNSW and UTS in the environmental design and building physics courses of their respective Architecture degree programs.

He has led master planing projects, been involved in several successful competitions including the Bathurst Sustainable Lifestyle House, and led the materials research for Australia’s first certified Living Building under the arduous Living Building Challenge – the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong.

Andy is currently Co-Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Sustainability Committee, has previously sat on the Property Council of Australia NSW Sustainability Committee and the Green Building Council of Australia NSW Industry Group.

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Kris Bird

Since graduating from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Architecture degree (Hons 1) in 2005, Kris has worked across architecture, urban design, Indigenous housing projects, public art and theatre design. 

Having this experience across scales and disciplines, Kris brings a broad range of knowledge and skill to projects from initial project planning stages, scoping of works, designing to fine detailing.

She has experience working with a range of clients in government, commercial and residential sectors, remote Northern Territory aboriginal communities and performing artists. 

Kris is focussed on the design of ecologically sustainable building, documentation work and the appropriate specification and scheduling of materials and systems.

Tracy Graham

Tracy Graham is an experienced Building Designer, with a proven track record and strong commitment to green architecture, including winning a United Nations Association Award. She obtained tertiary qualifications in architectural design in Australia and South Africa.

She has designed and implemented numerous educational workshops on ecologically sustainable living, and was awarded Marrickville Community Educator of the Year in 2003.

Tracy has experience in projects large and small – from multimillion dollar school buildings to small residential alterations and additions, working closely with clients and councils at both ends of the spectrum. She jointly created the concept design and detailed documentation and specification for the Visy Cares Centre, Fairfield City.

Michelle Layland

Michelle Layland is a building designer with specialist training and skills in interiors, and also with extensive experience in general architecture.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications – Interior Design (KvB Institute of Technology, Sydney), and an Advanced Diploma of Sustainable Building Design (St George College). She is a Green Star Accredited Professional with the Green Building Council of Australia. She also holds the Eco Design Smart Certificate (ABSA/BDA).

Michelleʼs skills lie in design, and detailing and specification documentation. She has experience in ensuring site workers understand what is intended in documentation, and maintaining clear lines of communication to all concerned on each project. She is responsible for the detailed design and documentation of several award winning projects.

Harald Grabner

Harald is an innovative and experienced mechanical engineer with a highly developed specialty in energy efficiency in building lighting and mechanical systems. His qualifications were gained in the highly demanding European environment, and include a Diplom-Ingenieur (Fachhochschule) Equiv. Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Building Services) Hochschule Esslingen – University of Applied Sciences, Esslingen

Harald is a NABERS Assessor, and has a broad and detailed knowledge of energy saving and project management, planning, execution of work, maintenance as well as Building Management Systems and cost control.

Trevor King

Trevor King is a heritage consultant, building designer, writer and thinker, based on the Far South Coast of NSW.

Trevor has written extensively on place-based design, and appropriate design responses to natural and cultural context. He has collaborated on several papers and articles with Dick Clarke, and together they have debveloped and proposed this design approach, called ‘Localness’.

Trevor’s key interest is in generating conceptual linkages between Australia’s Natural Heritage and the ongoing development of our Cultural Heritage.

He is currently completing a Masters of Regional Education and Community Development at Federation University and made multiple contributions to Rethink Building Materials.

Bronwyn Clarke

Bronwyn Clarke, is the accounts manager at Envirotecture, looking after our book keeping and financial matters.

Bronwyn is also our resident gardener nurturing the native bees and their environment while regularly supplying the office with a visual feast of native flowers.

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